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sympathynoun [U]

 us   /ˈsɪm·pə·θi/
  • sympathy noun [U] (UNDERSTANDING)

a feeling or expression of understanding and caring for someone else who is suffering or has problems that have caused unhappiness: When Robert died, I sent a letter of sympathy to his wife.
  • sympathy noun [U] (SUPPORT)

a feeling or expression of support and agreement: She tends to be in sympathy with the left wing of the party. [pl] On the subject of wilderness, her sympathies were clearly pro-environmental.
(Definition of sympathy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"sympathy" in British English

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sympathynoun

uk   /ˈsɪm.pə.θi/  us   /ˈsɪm.pə.θi/
  • sympathy noun (UNDERSTANDING)

B2 [U] (an expression of) understanding and care for someone else's suffering: The president has sent a message of sympathy to the relatives of the dead soldiers. I don't have much sympathy for her - I think she's brought her troubles on herself.
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offer/send your sympathies formal
to express your sadness to someone because a relation or friend of theirs has recently died: I went along to the funeral in order to offer my sympathies.

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  • sympathy noun (SUPPORT)

C2 [U] support and agreement: I must confess I have some sympathy with his views.
sympathies [plural]
support: Of those people questioned, 93 percent said their sympathies were with the teachers. He is known to have right-wing sympathies.
come out in sympathy with sb UK
to stop working in order to show your support for other workers who are on strike: The railway workers came out in sympathy with the miners.
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"sympathy" in Business English

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sympathynoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈsɪmpəθi/
the act of showing understanding for someone or for a particular situation: sympathy for sb The prime minister expressed his sympathy for those injured in the attacks.have great/little/no sympathy for sth Locals have little sympathy for the chemical company following the toxic waste disaster.
come/walk out in sympathy
HR, WORKPLACE to stop working in order to show your support for a group of workers who are on strike : The airline's ground staff walked out in sympathy with catering contractors.
in sympathy
if prices on a market rise or go down in sympathy with others, they do this as a result of the others rising or going down: Gilts advanced 23p in sympathy with the overnight rise in US treasury bonds.
(Definition of sympathy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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